Almost everyone knows that with pregnancy comes hormone changes, and with hormone changes can come acne.
I am in my second trimester of my first pregnancy and have been breaking out on my chin and cheeks (the hormonal areas) and I know just how annoying it can be to have clear skin, be so excited to be pregnant, and then wake up with Pluto on your chin.
Quick back story of my skin journey. Last year in March I stopped taking birth control pills(personal reasons). With stopping birth control pills, which I had been on for about 5 years, came mild cystic acne. Acne so bad I had my 7 year old cousin ask why I had mosquito bites all over my face. I was embarrassed and felt as though I couldn’t leave the house without makeup, which didn’t help the acne issue. I got back on birth control in August and after about 3-4 months my acne cleared, but I was left with dark acne scars which I am still trying to get rid of. Luckily for me I work in a medical spa and have been able to treat my own skin and find ways and products that have cleared me up that I can still use while pregnant.
The first question I had for my doctor was are AHA’s okay? Lactic and glycolic acids are what are considered Alpha Hydroxy Acids which help with chemically exfoliating dead skin at a deeper layer of the epidermis. My doctor said yes, lactic and glycolic acids are fine to use in your skin care routine and will not harm the baby, if anything it will harm your top layer of skin first and nothing deeper. Do i get chemical peels? No, I still don’t chance high concentrations of acids and my cleanser is only 10% concentration.
For my dark spots I use Vitamin C and Bio Oil which seems to be helping, slowly but surely. When I am done breastfeeding I plan on getting chemical peels but for now this is keeping my acne under control. Now that I am in my second trimester I am noticing that my skin is clearing up quite a bit on it’s own, but my skin care products are definitely helping keep those pesky whiteheads and blackheads away!
Hope this helps with any questions my fellow pregnant women may be having!